Penzance is twinned with four towns one each in France, Germany, USA and Australia and each has its own twinning association.
Penzance Twinning Association aims to foster international friendship and understanding through links with its twin towns in France, Germany, USA & Australia.
It has been in existence since 1982 when the first link with Concarneau, France was set up.
In 1991 a link with Nevada City, Grass Valley, California was established. This was followed in 1996 by Bendigo, Australia.
Our twinning with Cuxhaven, Germany has a longer if more checked history, first twinned with the old Penzance Borough the twinning passed to Penwith District Council when the old Borough ceased to exist, passing back to Penzance in 2009 when Penwith District Council ceased to exist. This Twinning group has its' own website here
The Associations are voluntary organisations. Each receives a small grant from Penzance Town Council, but otherwise they rely on raising their own funds and the efforts of their members.
Much of the Association's work is directed to helping schools, sporting organisations, clubs and other organisations to pursue contacts with similar groups in our twin towns.
Our links with Bendigo & Nevada City could be of interest to anyone or group tracing family history with many miners from the area moving to these towns in the late nineteenth century.
The Association is keen to support exchanges between people/clubs in our twin towns.
Anyone is welcome to join any of the Penzance Twinning Associations as an individual or representing an organisation.